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October 20, 2007

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The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary
Mary Eaton
1823

CANCER. It is asserted by a
French practitioner, that this cruel
disorder may be cured in three days,
by the following simple application,
without any surgical operation whatever.
Knead a piece of dough about
the size of a pullet's egg, with the
same quantity of hog's lard, the older
the better; and when they are
thorougly[**sic] blended, so as to form a
kind of salve, spread it on a piece
of white leather, and apply it to the
part affected. This, if it do no good,
is perfectly harmless.--A plaster for
an eating cancer may be made as
follows. File up some old brass,
and mix a spoonful of it with mutton
suet. Lay the plaster on the
cancer, and let it remain till the cure
is effected. Several persons have
derived great benefit from this application,
and it has seldom been
known to fail.

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